March 6, 2013
Dandy debut for Red Dragons
Cortland women romp past Herons
With two of the top three goal-scorers having graduated from last year’s SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team that reached the NCAA Division III semifinals, head coach Kathy Taylor was hoping to get offensive contributions from a bunch of different sources this season.
So it was mission accomplished during Tuesday afternoon’s season opener, as the Red Dragons received goals from 10 different players while coming up 15-5 winners over visiting William Smith.
The debuting Red Dragons — ranked third nationally in Division III after going 20-2 last season — got two goals and two assists from sophomore attack Marilyn Farrell while displaying this scoring balancing act at the Stadium Complex. And all this damage was done with senior standout Maria Di Fato, a 76-goal scorer a year ago, unavailable.
Freshman Erica Geremia out of West Genesee contributed two goals and one assist to the Cortland romp. Senior Gina Campese, junior Taylor Robinson and freshman Tara Monaghan each scored twice.
Goals also came out of the sticks of seniors Natalie Melaniff and Taylor Harney, junior Taylor Reh and sophomores Chelsea Martin and Emma Hayes-Hurley. Junior Liz Beville chipped in with two assists.
Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson made five saves and allowed four goals in 56:53 before giving way to freshman Liz Ingalls, who did not register a save over the final 3:07. Cortland held a 30-18 overall shot advantage for the game.
Junior defender Jessica Lavelle recorded a game-high five ground balls and added two caused turnovers. Monaghan compiled six draw controls, while Hayes-Hurley had three.
Senior Kathleen Ragan paced the William Smith (0-2) three goals. Freshmen Hannah Connolly and Meg Hannan also scored for the visitors from Geneva.
Cortland took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Campese at 28:13 and Geremia at 25:14. Connolly cut the lead to 2-1 at the 12:21 mark before the Red Dragons ended the half on a 5-0 run to take a 7-1 lead into the break. Five different players netted unassisted goals during the streak.
Cortland took control of the game by scoring the first five goals of the second half for a 12-1 lead with 18 minutes remaining. Again, five separate players found the back of the net.
The Herons responded with three straight goals, two by Ragan, to close the gap to 12-4 at 8:52. Beville then set up scores by Monaghan and Harney and Reh netted an unassisted goal to make it 15-4 before Ragan completed the scoring with her third of the game with 46 seconds remaining.
Cortland returns to the Stadium Complex on Thursday, hosting Union College in another 4 p.m. non-league match-up.
Goalie Kaminski Honored
Cortland’’s Mike Mike Kaminski was named the SUNY Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Goalie of the Week for the period ending March 3. The award is the first for the conference this spring and included all games played to date.
Senior Kaminski helped lead the nationally top-ranked Red Dragons (2-0) to a pair of road wins to open the season.
In a 16-4 victory at Albright on Feb. 23, Kaminski turned aside 11 shots in 42 minutes of play. He then registered 15 saves, one short of his career high, in a 10-1 victory at 14th-ranked Union, shutting out the Dutchmen over the final 54:38.
Through two games, Kaminski has recorded a 1.76 goals against average with 26 saves — an .897 save percentage.
Cortland will host Scranton in a non-league game this afternoon, a 3:30 p.m. start at the Stadium Complex.
TC3 Switches Lax Game
DRYDEN —The Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s lacrosse team has moved today’s season opener back a day, the Panthers now to host Finger Lakes CC Thursday at 4 p.m. in Dryden.
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